College and Career Readiness

Adult High School

Do you keep hitting a brick wall because you don't have a high school diploma? Not interested in taking the GED or HiSET? The Adult High School Diploma program through Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness offers you a chance to complete the credits needed to earn a high school diploma from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

What You Will Learn

An advisor will review your high school transcript to determine how many classes are needed to earn a diploma. Your transcript evaluation will determine the courses you will need to take. They may include:

  • English
  • math
  • science
  • social studies
  • health
  • electives

Learn About College and Career Readiness

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness offers programs to develop students’ academic skills, earn a high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) or adult high school diploma, learn English as a second language (ESL), develop employability skills and participate in various work-based-learning experiences, or explore career and post-secondary educational opportunities. Many programs are free or at a very low cost for qualified participants. 

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning  — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Additional Information

  • Who Can Enroll?

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Prospective students must be 16 years or older and officially withdrawn from their last K-12 public, private, or home school.

      • Students between 16-17 years of age must petition to enroll into an alternative adult education program at Central Piedmont (review the requirements for minors).
    • Prospective students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits towards graduation in high school prior to entering the adult high school diploma program.

    Pre-Requisite Courses

    Have you always had a problem with math? Or maybe you've been away from school for a while and your reading skills are a little rusty. Do not worry. We want to make sure you succeed. That is why we offer free pre-requisite classes to help you get started. Based on your College and Career Readiness placement test results, your advisor will recommend one of four levels of reading and/or math classes that are just right for you. Students scoring below a high school level (9.0) will be placed in pre-requisite classes to build their skills. After completing level four, you will be prepared for entry into the Adult High School program.

    Which Pre-Requisite Courses Do I Take?
    • To enroll in adult high school courses, you need to score a 9.0 on the placement test in reading and math.
    • If you score below 9.0, you will be placed in pre-requisite courses in reading and/or math until your placement test scores reach 9.0.
    • Most pre-requisite courses are eight weeks in length and meet 10 hours per week; day and evening classes are available.
    • A computer lab is available for additional instructional support or for students needing a more flexible schedule.
    • Classes are offered at the Central, Cato, Merancas, and Harper Campuses as well as several community sites.
    • To ensure success, students will need to attend on a regular basis and adhere to the department’s attendance policy.
    How Long Will it Take to Complete Pre-Requisite Classes?
    • If your test results place you in a Level 1 class, you can possibly complete the pre-requisites courses in eight weeks.
    • If your test results place you in a Level 1, 2, or 3 class, it can possibly take 16—32 weeks.
  • How Long Will the Program Take?

    An advisor will evaluate your transcript and determine the classes you need to earn your diploma. That will determine how long it will take. Currently, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) requires 24 credits for graduation. So, if you have already earned 18 credits through CMS, for example, you would need to complete six classes at Central Piedmont. You can take up to three classes every 8-week session.

  • Locations and Course Delivery Methods

    Adult high school classes are offered through a traditional class setting, a computer-assisted lab setting, and distance learning. You can select the options that best meet your learning style and needs. Traditional classes are located at Central Campus only.

  • How Do I Enroll?

    1. Check or establish your state residency to determine your tuition rate.

    2. Apply for admission to Central Piedmont.

    • If you have previously applied, you do not need to apply again.
    • If you have never applied to Central Piedmont, please complete the residency determination and then the application.
    • If you have applied to Central Piedmont before but don’t know your student ID number or username, or if you are not sure if you are in our system, please call or email us before completing the application.
    • If you do not receive an email with your student ID number within one business day, please contact Admissions or email

    3. Create Central Piedmont login.

    4. Attend College and Career Readiness New Student Seminar


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    For more information please visit the Central Campus Education Center Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    5. Submit Official Transcripts

    Prospective students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits toward graduation in high school prior to entering the adult high school diploma program.

    1. Step 1: Request an official copy of your high school transcript in person or online:

      1. Request an official copy of your high school transcript online.
      2. Request an official copy of your high school transcript in person from CMS Student Records Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 4335 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217. Bring a photo ID and be prepared to pay $10 (cash only) for the transcript.
      3. Non-CMS schools: Students should request an official transcript from all of the high schools they attended.
    2. Step 2: Bring your official high school transcript in its original, sealed envelope to the Central Campus Admissions Office in the Central High Building, Room 212.

    An adult high school advising appointment will be scheduled if the transcript analyst determines that a minimum of 12 credits have been previously completed in high school. The student will be notified if the transcript analyst determines that a minimum of 12 credits have not been completed in high school, disqualifying the student from participating in the adult high school program. For help, contact Angela Robinson at, 704.330.6778.

    6. Meet with Your Advisor to Register for Classes

    • Make an appointment with the adult high school advisor approximately a week after you submit your high school transcript.
    • Your advisor will review your test results during your advising appointment.
    • Your advisor will also discuss your career interests and any potential barriers to attending class regularly.
    • Your advisor will help you develop a career and academic plan and register you in classes.
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